Participation of Ebola-stricken countries’ athletes mulled for world championship
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Aug. 25
By Demir Azizov - Trend:
Participation of wrestlers from West African countries at the world wrestling championship, which is to start Sept. 8 in Tashkent, will be decided by Uzbek Health Ministry by late Aug., the ministry's representative told Trend.
The source said that at present, due to the deadly Ebola virus, the issue of arrival of wrestlers from West Africa to Tashkent remains open.
"International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) sent an official letter to Uzbek Health Ministry, asking it to consider participation of athletes from the Ebola-stricken West Africa in the world championship to be held in Tashkent," the ministry's representative said.
He noted that this issue is under consideration, and the answer will be given at the end of this week.
The 2014 Senior World Wrestling Championship will be held in Tashkent between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14.
Seven athletes from Nigeria and two from Sierra Leone planned to take part in the championship. These two countries are among the West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
The Health Ministry also noted that Uzbekistan is taking all necessary measures to prevent Ebola's infiltration into the country.
Health surveillance at airports and train stations, and the inspection of persons coming to Uzbekistan from Africa have been enhanced.
Ebola haemorrhagic fever has already killed about 1,000 people in Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Edited by CN